Eight months after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the remaining episodes of Chicago Fire, our favorites firefighters and paramedics at Firehouse 51 are back in action, and they haven’t missed a beat. The show’s hiatus didn’t stop it from showing the impacts of the pandemic in the world of NBC’s hit drama series: significantly less people working in the Firehouse, and characters acknowledging that the pandemic has affected a lot of the city and how it has affected their jobs.
The episode began with Joe Cruz literally running into work, and getting a quick temperature check before running inside. Chief Boden is in the middle of introducing the newest paramedic to the squad when Joe bursts into his office, apologizing for his tardiness because he hit a pot-hole on the way in. The new paramedic is introduced as Gianna Mackey (played by Adriyan Rae), who has known Joe all of her life.
Kelly Severide tells Matt Casey and Sylvie Brett that his girlfriend Stella Kidd’s Girl’s on Fire program was temporarily shut down due to the pandemic and that most of the office workers are working from home, leaving only the firefighters and paramedics inside. Brett then says that Emily Foster’s new job at Northwestern is also insane because of the pandemic. This was the show’s way of writing off the character after two seasons.
The Firehouse’s siren goes off, calling on Ambulance 61 to a call, giving Mackey and Brett their first call as new partners. The call is a possible overdose, and the victim’s brother appears and puts a gun to their heads, threatening violence if they try to take him to the hospital. In a huge act of bravery, Brett gets the victim on a stretcher and gets him into the ambulance, with the gunman chasing after them, and not a shot fired.
After returning back to the Firehouse, Joe immediately bombards Mackey with questions about her first call being so tense and insane. She calms him down nicely and goes into the kitchen to start making lunch for everyone, even giving a small smile to firefighter candidate Blake Gallo. I’m guessing this will be the first romance suspicion of the season, but I’m waiting for the day that Casey and Sylvie end up together.
Chief Boden informs Severide that Squad 3 are going to be testing new equipment on a Saturday, so they all have to come in. Stella then goes on a rant to her boyfriend about having her program shut down, and that she doesn’t want the young women that she’s inspired to lose interest in possibly being firefighters.
We now get our C plot of the episode, with my favorite characters Christopher Herrmann and “Mouch” McHolland. Herrmann learned about a guy who wrote a poem to a “hidden treasure” that tricked people into going out into nature, and he wants to do the same for Molly’s Patio, a new addition to Molly’s Bar, to lure people in for business. I’m sure they want to make sure that the bar is as socially distant as possible for when the characters go out for a drink after work. Candidate Darren Ritter overhears this and wants to help out with the poem. It’s Herrmann’s latest cash grab, and if history should repeat itself, it’ll most likely blow up in his face.
Boden informs his paramedics that the man who overdosed died in the hospital, causing Sylvie and Gianna to become nervous about the brother who pulled a gun on them while on the scene. Chicago P.D.’s Kim Burgess stops by to take a statement from them and informs them that the brother, Joe Halleck, has a long record of assault, robbery, and drug charges. The paramedics decide to stay on active duty but will be cautious if they see him.
After Gallo formally introduces himself to Gianna, Cruz pulls him aside and tells him to back off.
There’s a ray of sunshine in this episode, as Stella gets the all-clear to continue her Girls on Fire program, as long as it sticks to COVID regulations.
Mouch, Herrmann, and Ritter then bury the special Molly’s Coupon, which is free drinks for life. As I predicted earlier, they bury it outside the firehouse, which I’m sure will be extremely easy to find for anyone. I love the little plans that Herrmann gets himself into throughout the series. They then start writing the poem at the new Molly’s spot, and Ritter is shown to be incredibly helpful in poetry writing. As someone who also watches P.D. and Med, there isn’t a whole lot of lightheartedness in those shows, but Fire gives that in the form of Herrmann and Mouch. It used to be Cruz and Otis, but sadly, Otis’ character was killed off last season.
Everyone’s shift ends, and Sylvie heads home for the night. What she doesn’t know is that we get the “creepy stalker camera angle from a car” watching her as she drives away, and as she arrives home, her apartment door is slightly ajar. Calling Casey, he quickly arrives and they quietly go inside, thinking that Halleck might have broken in. They don’t find anything, and Casey says that he is staying the night on the couch just to make sure everything’s okay. They play “Head’s Up” together, and they are on the accent category, and Matt does a “terrible” Australian accent. I think this might be the fourth or fifth Australian joke they’ve made to Casey, since the actor who plays him (Jesse Spencer) is Australian in real life. The two laugh as they head off to bed. This little flirtmance BETTER turn into something real, come on, the fanbase wants it!
The next morning, Stella and Severide notice that Casey went to Sylvie’s, and they get suspicions that they might have been hooking up.
Herrmann and Mouch are doing a local TV ad for the Molly’s treasure hunt when the Firehouse is called to action. They arrive to the scene, which is a burning photography studio with dozens trapped inside. It should be noted that all paramedics and firemen standing outside were masked up. Sylvie gives advice to Gianna on helping victims as they get to work and wait for additional ambulances to help. Inside the building, Stella sees a couple of people run in the wrong direction to safety, and she runs after them. An explosion goes off in the building, trapping Severide and knocking his mask off. Stella knocks over a set statue in the studio and breaks a wall down to get to where Severide is. She gets his oxygen back on his face and frees him, and the two make it out of the building, while also saving one last victim before safely making it out.
Back in the Firehouse, Boden brings Stella into his office and shows her a picture of Engine 21, an 1872 squad of all-Black firefighters in Chicago. This is a real-life squad that has greatly impacted Chicago’s Fire Department. Boden says that there aren’t women or people of color involved in the CFD, and he wants her to take a lieutenant test when it is next offered. I LOVE this for Stella: her character development has been phenomenal over the last several seasons, and she’s grown to be a smart, and influential part of the series.
As said in the past, someone digs up the free drink coupon mere hours after the word was put out. As usual, one of Herrmann’s plans falls short, and now he has to give a guy free drinks forever.
Severide encourages Stella to take the lieutenant test, and that he is going to help her out to prepare for it.
Gallo, while getting the evil eye from Cruz, tries to avoid asking out Gianna. Gianna then asks herself out, pretending to be Gallo, giving him a wink as Ambulance 61 is called upon. As they being their drive, Joe Halleck drives next to them and tries to shoot them! The episode ends with both Halleck, and Ambulance 61 crashing off the side of the highway, and landing with a crash to the ground.
Overall, I would say this was a solid season premiere! It was great to see all of these characters, as well as get some new ones, along with a great cliffhanger to end the hour. The (hopeful) resolution will be solved in next week’s episode!
Are you happy to see Firehouse 51 back in action?
Chicago Fire Finale Review: The Magnificent City of Chicago (10×22)
Wedding bells are ringing, and Casey makes his grand return for Chicago Fire’s epic season finale!
After Severide got jumped by a gang last week, it was time to plan a wedding! Herrmann gathered the entire firehouse together, and gave everyone (except Emma) jobs that will secure the quickest wedding setup in history. Stella even asked Boden to give her away at the altar. Despite the writing saying that Casey might not show up, Casey showed up! It was great to see Jesse Spencer back in the role we’ve gone so used to seeing him play for the last ten years.
With Sylvie back in the house, she threw Stella a surprise makeshift bachelorette party, which was freaking adorable. On the other hand, Casey and Severide had one of their old fashioned bro moments, since it is most likely going to be the last one we see of them.
Disaster struck as the venue they thought they had booked, had to go back on their word, as a previously cancelled wedding decided to be back on. Casey came to the rescue once again, as he bought out a tour boat for all the guests, and the captain of the ship will be able to marry Severide and Stella.
Severide started to meet with several officers who were looking to start a case against Thomas Campbell, who runs a narotic ring and organized the attack on Severide after the food truck case. While heading to talk to the investigators, Severide was attacked again, but shoved the henchman out a window in self-defense. Regardless, Severide still committed to testify to help the investigation.
The showdown between Emma and Violet came to a head as well. Sylvie returned to Chicago, and Violet filled her in on all of the blackmailing schemes that Emma has started up against her and Hawkins. Hawkins went to his higher ups and wanted to find a way for Violet to somehow escape this situation, even if he had to take the biggest hit for it.
A house fire brought some news to light about Emma. Violet, Stella, Gallo, and Emma were helping a pregnant woman next door neighbor who was hit with debris, when the fire started spreading to their location. Everyone else was calm, but Emma wanted to high-tail it out of the building without everyone. The fire stressed out Emma, and she bolted, abandoning the team inside. The team who had the guts to stay helped deliver the woman’s baby with flames all around them.
Hawkins, who arrived at the fire, saw the whole thing unfold, and discarded the blackmail, and fired Emma for abandoning her crew.
Casey gave Gallo his favorite axe, as he doesn’t use it a whole lot out in Oregon. This is quite literally the passing of the torch for the future of Firehouse 51, as Gallo is sure to grow as a firefighter in future seasons.
At the end, the wedding began, with John Legend’s “All of Me” playing, and I rolled my eyes since that was one of the most cliche things possible. They both had adorable wedding vows which I’m sure actors will use for future audition monologues.
Chief Boden danced during the party, and I think that’s the only important thing I’ll ever need to see on my screen the rest of the year. However, the door did close on Sylvie and Casey, as she decided to stay in Chicago, and he is going back to Oregon, where his life really is.
It wouldn’t be a finale without a cliffhanger! As Stella and Severide begin their honeymoon in a cabin, a mysterious truck silently arrives, assuming it might be someone hunting Severide.
This was a great finale! It tied up the loose ends of Emma’s situation (see, I told you there would be a loophole to get her out)! We also got Casey’s full conclusion, and even though it is the end of his time here, we at least get Sylvie back in Ambulance 61. Who knows, maybe they’ll continue to reference Casey in every episode like they did after he left. Season 11 is sure to be some great twists and stories, with Severide having to go against this narotics ring, and adjusting to married life. I think sparks are in the air for Violet and Gallo…again.
What did you think of tonight’s season 10 closer? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Review: Last Chance (10×21)
Tonight’s penultimate episode of this season of Chicago Fire had our central couple at odds, another couple fighting off blackmail, and an unlikely couple solving a mystery.
A car crash involving a food truck was the central case of the week, after a propane tank in the truck nearly exploded. They were able to detain the fire beforehand, but it was near close. The chef of the truck was incredibly desperate to find the truck, and Cruz and Severide looked for it. Once they tracked the lot the truck was at, a glance into the truck revealed that the propane tank that didn’t explode was actually full of drugs. With a special cameo from Hailey Upton, they arrested the chef before he could attack Severide.
Turns out, Severide messed with the wrong people, and he was lured into a back alley and attacked, while a mysterious man in a car watched. It looks like Severide is going to have to escape from the cartel!
Severide and Stella are going through pre-wedding jitters. Their professional argument last week involving Gallo drove a wedge into their relationship, as the two love to never discuss anything with each other after something tense happens with them. Herrmann gave Stella some advice about love and that conquers all, the usual flair that Herrmann gives it. At the hospital after the attack, Severide and Stella reconciled and decided to have their wedding next week (season finale time)!
With Emma threatening all sorts of threats to Violet and Hawkins, the two of them were skating on thin ice to avoid her wrath. Violet continued to give Emma the cold shoulder throughout work, in the most comedic middle-school like way.
After Violet told Gallo about the situation, Gallo went to Hawkins to see what he was doing about it. Hawkins showed him Emma’s file, where there appeared to be tampering with previous records, specifically disciplinary. Gallo went to Emma’s old firehouse to ask the chief about it, and although appearing hesitant, he gave no details to Gallo about Emma’s history.
On a call at a crowded street, Emma tried to take charge from under Violet, leading to yet another public argument between the two. During the bickering, a car swerved onto the street, and Violet pulled her nemesis from getting hit. Violet helping her shifted Emma’s plans ever so slightly: rather than go for Violet’s job, she’s going to go for Sylvie’s so that she can always be with Violet! Emma is, I must say, out of her mind, for even trying this, and I’m certain it will all go away very soon.
The comedic sideplot gave two very small characters a chance to shine. Capp and Tony broke Mouch’s favorite couch while playing catch with an egg, and Mouch launched a full investigation to find the culprit, and recruited Ritter to help him. In a world full of Dick Wolf shows, it was like a mini Law and Order episode. The case was solved when photo evidence of Capp and the couch covered in egg yolk did the two solve this mystery. They even bribed Capp to bring his own couch from home as a replacement for the one he broke. I say this show gets another spin-off: Mouch and Ritter.
Next week is the season finale, with the wedding we have all been waiting for, as well as the return of the man himself, Matthew Casey! This will probably be Casey’s swan song, so it’s time to take it all in while we can!
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review: Halfway to the Moon (10×20)
Chicago Fire returned after a three week break tonight, with a daring rescue, wedding plans, bar openings, and a plot to take someone’s job.
Severide has been training Gallo to join Squad 3, as Gallo’s peaked interest in vertical rescue has inspired Severide to take him under his wing. This was brought to the test as a construction worker was hanging for dear life on a crane. Gallo joined Severide up on top of the crane, and Gallo was able to successfully save the worker with no trouble at all.
Gallo informed Stella of his desire to try out for Squad, and she began accusing Severide of stealing people from her team, not wanting to change things that are working well. Severide even told her that these conversations were happening when Casey was running the show, so everything predates her, but Stella shut it all down, not wanting to let Gallo grow professionally. Severide stuck with his girl, and persuaded Gallo to stay away from Squad for the time being, and to get as much experience on Truck 81.
Stella then saw how much going on Squad means to Gallo, and said that she would support him no matter what he decides to do. Gallo then visited Pelham at his new firehouse, who told him to not overthink anything, and the only person he should really be listening to is himself.
Gallo then told Stella that he wants to stay on Truck 81, and does not plan on trying for Squad yet. It was the strongest decision that I think he could make for the sake of his career.
Violet uncovered Emma’s possible plot to take her job as paramedic in charge, and she was having absolutely none of it. Emma even asked Gallo out at one point, who was promptly rejected. Emma continued to exhibit her awkward and attention grabbing behavior around Violet, Gallo, and Ritter throughout the episode, causing general confusion and nervousness all around.
Emma opened up to Mason about the rifts in the social setting, and admitted that exaggerated her background to impress them. Mason assured her that everything is fine, but Emma still felt bummed about it all.
While on a call to help a patient in the field who needed help breathing, Emma saw that there was no nebulizer mask in their jump bag, which Violet had put in when she restocked. A makeshift one was made in the heat of the moment, but it made the rift between the two that match greater. Violet inadvertently accused Emma of messing with the bag, further angering her. Ritter assured Violet that there isn’t any way that Emma would put a patient in danger to make Violet look bad.
Turns out, the whole thing was a big old fashioned RUSE, because Emma went to Chief Hawkins, threatening him to transfer Violet out of 51, or she’ll put in a negligence complaint in with the department for the mask incident. Hawkins’ hands are tied in the situation, considering he’s dating Violet.
A family friend of Herrmann, Sean DeGrimes, asked Herrmann about his best advice to open a bar, as Molly’s is his favorite bar of all time apparently. Herrmann gave him advice on how to run a great institution. Turns out the bar that he’s opening is called Olly’s, and has the exact same layout and design as Molly’s, right down to the wall decorations. Herrmann had lawyers on the phone ready to go, but his wife had to swing by and stop him from doing anything drastic. Sean just wanted to do something that he had always wanted to do, and Herrmann inspired him, even if it looks like a copy.
Gallo’s characterization throughout this whole season has just been phenomenal. I think he’s really grown into his own, and it’s been showing the last several episodes.
I’ve been pretty into this Emma storyline throughout. I think it’s insanity that one person actually WOULD put patients in danger just to make one person look bad, and kudos to whoever came up with that idea, because this B plot has become my primary focus through the rest of the season. Emma is going to keep trying to gaslight, gatekeep, girlboss her way to be paramedic in charge, and I’m sure she’ll be stopped in one way or another.
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Will Emma take control of Violet’s job? Leave a comment below!
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